LACCEI Leadership Program

What is the key attribute of an exceptional engineering program? Is it having the latest laboratory equipment? Perhaps it comes with hiring the most technically competent professors? Some may consider attracting the best students as most important. While the latest equipment, excellent professors, and bright students all contribute to excellence; the key component of an exceptional engineering program (or any organization) is leadership. For that reason, the Organization of American States (OAS) Engineering for the Americas (EftA) LACCEI Leadership Academy was formed.

The LACCEI Leadership Program consists of a collection of ½ day and full day certificate workshops on key leadership topics that accumulate to complete the OAS-EftA LACCEI Global Leadership Diploma. This 45-hour course of study prepares emerging and experienced academics to be more effective leaders. As a result of this program of instruction, Department Chairs, Deans, Directors, and their associates will be better prepared to influence people within their organizations to achieve more as individuals while moving their organizations to greater success.

There will be two 4-hour workshops offered at this year’s LACCEI conference. Upon completion of each one, participants will receive a certificate, with the workshop course counting towards their OAS Engineering for the Americas LACCEI Global Leadership Diploma.

Workshop 1: Accreditation preparation: Leading through culturally transforming ideas


Kevin Huggins, Ph.D.
Senior Facilitator
LGL Leadership, Inc.

Dr. Kevin Huggins is a soldier-scholar who enhances the LGL team with his diverse leadership experiences derived from his military, academic, and international backgrounds. He supports LGL’s efforts as a coach and Senior Facilitator for both domestic and international clients. A West Point graduate, Kevin spent the early part of his military career in military intelligence, with extensive experience in Latin America. He later served as a computer scientist at Fort Huachuca (Arizona) where he helped develop prototype software systems for the Military Intelligence branch. The remainder of his military career was dedicated to academia, primarily as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy. While there, Kevin served as the Director of Research in Network Science, as well as the Director of the Information Technology Program. Now retired from the military after 20+ years of service, when not on the road with LGL, Kevin serves as a Professor of Computer Science and Analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Fluent in Spanish and French, he is especially interested in international engineering education; Kevin is currently involved in developing partnerships in Europe and Latin America that enhance and increase international engagement opportunities for students at Harrisburg University. Dr. Huggins also serves as a commissioner for ABET, an internationally recognized, US-based organization that accredits university programs in the areas of applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. He is also an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar, an established expert in assessment processes. In addition to his undergraduate degree from West Point, Kevin also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and MINES Paris Tech in France, respectively.

When: Tuesday 17 July 2018, 1pm - 5pm

Language: Spanish


One of the most vexing leadership challenges is leading an organization through change. Yet change is key to ensuring that any organization remains relevant and positioned for greater success. Perhaps you see the benefit of international accreditation, but are not sure how to gain buy-in from your team. Perhaps you want to increase change your curriculum or create a culture of entrepreneurship. Each of these shifts could enhance a program, but they each imply significant organizational change--which is often difficult to instill. In this workshop, you will gain knowledge on the industry best practices. Through lecture, discussion, and extensive practical exercises, you will depart the workshop prepared to guide your organization through significant changes.

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Workshop 2: Research decoded: How to do it and make it effective


Dr. Pritpal Singh,
Professor & Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Villanova University.

Dr. Pritpal Singh, Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), is spearheading an initiative to use EC technologies to improve health care in rural communities in developing countries

When: Friday 20 July 2018, 8am - 12pm

Language: English


Engineering is a dynamic field in which changes are occurring every day. Every university wants to have faculty and students engage in research and scholarship in order to keep faculty and students current in their fields, improve the reputation of the university, and to keep curricula up-to-date. Ultimately, research and scholarship can support local industry and support local economic development. Yet oftentimes the engineering scholarship lacks local context. Also, local industry can be skeptical of how research can improve their companies’ products and services and increase their profitability. This workshop will help academic leaders learn how to develop a culture of research and scholarship within their departments, how to promote interaction with industry and to work with government agencies to develop a vibrant research environment within their engineering programs.